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10 Bakeries That Are Creating Instagram Worthy Cakes In Greenville, SC

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Looking for amazing cakes in Greenville, SC? The art of cake decorating and baking is often harder than it looks. Great bakers, make the process seem effortless, and that misconception has led to many a reality show. Just like on the show “Nailed It”, oftentimes even bakers can misjudge the difficulty of a cake’s design. That’s when reliable recommendations and photos of past work become so important. We have a list of bakeries in Greenville our readers have recommended.

Oftentimes, the decorating of a cake can be just as difficult as saying no to orders, you aren’t sure you can pull off. If I sound like I know, it’s because I spent several years working in a bakery, and know-how important cakes can be to a milestone event. Check out these awesome local bakeries that will make your guest’s mouths water, and your photos the envy of everyone on Instagram!

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For even more birthday party ideas, be sure to look at our Ultimate Guide to Birthday Parties in Greenville!

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Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Biltmore in Asheville, NC with Kids

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If the idea of touring the Biltmore Estate in Asheville with your kids sounds daunting, have no fear. We lay out all kinds of things you can do at the estate – most of them don’t even involve visiting the house itself. I’ve been several times and had so many questions initially, but every time I’ve gone, I learn more and explore more of the 8,000+ acres – and fall in love with the Biltmore just a bit more.

Front of Biltmore castle

Biltmore: It’s a real-life castle

Have you ever daydreamed of visiting a real-life castle? Touring the halls and stately rooms, being transported to a different time and place, experiencing the luxurious life? How about touring the castle vineyard, visiting the stables, exploring the renowned gardens? Well, you don’t have to hop on a plane for Europe to set your eyes upon gargoyles and ball gowns, just head to the Biltmore Estate in Asheville, a picturesque castle with over 8,000 acres, 250 rooms, and a hundred years of history.

Regardless of whether you are a pass holder or visiting for the day, if you want to tour the house, you need to reserve a time online. Be sure to print out your confirmation email, since you’ll need to show the staff before they let you in. And get there at least 45 minutes before your scheduled tour time to allow for parking and either taking a shuttle to the house or walking over via the trails.

Biltmore Mountain view

Is Biltmore Worth It?

Many parents ask if taking the kids through the house is worth it, which is a valid question. If you don’t reserve a guided tour (an extra cost), you’ll automatically be doing the self-guided tour, which you can go at your own pace but will be following a crowd. Even though the house is just stunning and seeing the grandeur of the rooms is amazing, some kids will be bored. And if you have little kids, you need to keep them with you and not let them run behind the roped-off sections.

I first took my kids to the house when they were 7 and 3 and we didn’t make it through the whole tour because one of them needed to use the restroom – which you must do before you enter the house as there are no bathrooms inside for guests. Bathrooms are located near the Stable Cafe to the right of the house outdoors.

The second time we went was a couple of years later and we got through most of the house, maybe because it was Christmastime and the decorations were mesmerizing. Now, my kids are 9 and 13 and we go every Christmas and they truly enjoy it.

The Biltmore offers an audio tour ($15) for kids, narrated by the Vanderbilt’s dog, Cedric, which they may find entertaining.

Either way, be prepared to bail if you need to. There’s a lot to do on the estate besides the house, no matter how gorgeous it is. The Biltmore ticket system requires you to choose a House ticket or a Grounds & Gardens ticket. The House ticket includes the Grounds but a Grounds & Gardens ticket does not include the House tour.

Biltmore Gardens

I’ve taken so many walks through the Biltmore Gardens and just can’t get enough. They were designed by the father of modern-day landscaping, Frederick Law Olmstead, and are breathtaking.

I thought Spring was my favorite season there as the tulips and daffodils light up the pathways. Then I thought early summer was my favorite because of the beautiful rose garden and azalea garden. Then I decided Fall was my favorite because of the colorful mums that were planted in mesmerizing patterns.

Biltmore sunflowers Sept
Biltmore sunflowers

But after I took walks and bike rides along the sunflower fields near Antler Hill Village in the late summer and early Fall, I just figured I’d get a season pass so I could visit whenever I wanted.

I can’t decide on when all the flowers are the most gorgeous so you’ll just have to go for yourself to see them.

Your House and Grounds & Gardens tickets both include access to the gardens, the walking trails, and the Conservatory. You don’t need a reserved time to walk through the gardens, you just go when you want.

tulips at Biltmore

Antler Hill Village: Biltmore with Kids

Antler Hill Village is my favorite place at the Biltmore Estate because it’s filled with lots of kid-friendly things to do and it’s all included with admission.

The Farmyard is a small farm area where kids are welcome to pet the animals. They have goats (baby goats come March of every year!), chickens, horses, and pigs. On some occasions, they have had border collie sheep herding demonstrations, which are fun to watch.

baby goats

Next to the farm is the Pisgah Playground, a big play area with swings, slides, and climbing structures. It’s a great place to let the kids enjoy a beautiful day outside.

And up the hill a little ways from the playground is the Antler Hill Barn where craft demonstrations take place every Thursday-Sunday. I love this area as the staff are so kind and engaging with the kids. There is also a little cafe with beer and wine so I’ve had a beer while watching my kids do crafts or play there. It’s a perfect place to relax. There are also restrooms at the barn.

You can also pick up several hiking trails at Antler Hill Village right behind the barn and wander past the fields with cows and pens with goats. Grab a map at the Outdoor Center near the barn.

playground at Biltmore

Also in Antler Hill Village is the Winery. We’ve actually done grape-stomping there before, which was a blast. From the village, you enter the winery in the main square and get to walk through an underground tunnel to get to the tasting room and shopping area. Adults are welcome to do a complimentary wine tasting and kids can tag along and have grape juice. The servers are generous with the wine samples so take that into consideration when figuring out the best time to go!

Get Your Adventure On

The French Broad River runs right through the estate, which makes for great rafting trips. It’s a wide river with few rapids, which makes it perfect for families. The rafting trip is about two hours long and costs $50/person.

If horseback riding is on your to-do list, the Biltmore also offers guided tours of 1-10 people with a two-day advance registration. Ages 8 and up are welcome to do this activity and it costs $135/person for an hour ride through the estate.

You probably won’t be surprised the Biltmore offers carriage rides through the estate. A 60-minute carriage ride is offered Friday through Sunday and takes guests around the beautiful estate and house. Cost is $95/person and one child 5 years and younger is free per paying adult.

Fall at the Biltmore
Fall at the Biltmore

There are more than 20 miles of biking trails at the Biltmore Estate, which run all throughout Antler Village and up to the house. You can either rent bikes ($20/bike for two hours) at the Bike Barn, which is open daily dependent on weather, or bring your own bikes and ride them at your leisure. I’ve brought my kids’ scooters and bikes and we rode the trails from Antler Hill up to the house, to the Gardens, and to the pond, and had so much fun.

The two-hour kids fly fishing lesson is at the top of my list at the Biltmore. I really want to learn how to do this and would love for my kids to have instruction (since I know nothing about it). For a private lesson at the Biltmore, it will cost you $125 per kid.

Dining with Kids at the Estate

There are several dining options at the Biltmore. The Stable Cafe right at the main house has a selection of comfort food that’s easy to grab and eat. Families also love Cedric’s Tavern in Antler Hill Village, which has typical pub fare. Consider making reservations at the sit-down places to get your preferred time.

If you’re feeling extra fancy, the Inn has Afternoon Tea, where they serve a delightful mix of sweet and savory treats, tea, and fine cheese. Prices currently are $75/person.

Antler Hill Village also has a confectionery and creamery, where you can’t possibly make a bad decision. My kids and I try to make a stop here just for their ice cream.

Also feel free to bring your own lunch or picnic and eat at the covered tables in Antler Hill Village or at any number of the beautiful open spaces around the estate.

Seasonal Fun & Exhibits

I’ve gotten to see some pretty neat exhibits at the Biltmore like the Titanic exhibit with so many of Kate Winslet’s dresses [insert completely excited face here], a fantastic train exhibit, Christmas at the Biltmore, and Chihuly at Biltmore. These special events and exhibits are incredibly well done and worth a visit.

Biltmore special exhibit

Christmas at the Biltmore

I have started taking my daughters every year to tour the House during Christmastime because it is so beautiful. We really love checking out the 50+ Christmas trees in the House and seeing the decorations.

They are decorated in the most delicate of glass ornaments, and most likely not shatter-proof. We admired the gorgeous velvet ribbons carefully wrinkled at the right places seemingly mimicking the damask finery found in the guest rooms.

View of the Biltmore WIntergarden in Asheville, North Carolina

My personal favorite was a tree on the second floor, close to the Louis XV suite. Beneath the tree, a vignette of vintage toys were carefully assembled to stir any child’s imagination of toy soldiers and sugar plum fairies. Perhaps its proximity to the room where Cornelia Vanderbilt was born, was the reason for the child-friendly tree. It was a good reminder that a family once lived in this beautiful home.

The spots for the Christmas House tours usually go fast so you’ll need to reserve your preferred time and date online. They also have wildly popular candlelight tours, which I have yet to do, but would love to take in that experience sometime. Christmas at the Biltmore runs from November 2, 2024 through January 5, 2025.

Chihuly at Biltmore

Watch! Our Visit to Chihuly Was GORGEOUS

Chihuly at Biltmore is an incredible collection of blown glass art from Dale Chihuly. The Biltmore has collaborated with him in the past, placing several of his gorgeous pieces around the estate in 2018. This time, his work is featured in seven galleries at Amherst in Deerpark near Antler Hill Village. The exhibit runs March 25, 2024 through January 5, 2025.

Chihuly at Biltmore
Chihuly at Biltmore

We got to go through it and take a tour with representatives from the Biltmore and Dale Chihuly’s studio, which was completely fascinating as we learned how the exhibit came about and the unbelievable preparations for it to be held in that location. The exhibit is extraordinarily unique with 33 pieces that include thousands of smaller pieces of blown glass. The creations don’t even seem real.

Chihuly has a background in weaving, which he somehow used in several of his pieces that were inspired by Native American art, which you’ll see in the second gallery. Be sure to watch the short movie about Chihuly before you head to the galleries and read the plaques because they are fascinating.

Chihuly’s knowledge of how how light interacts with glass is on display throughout the exhibit but especially in the room with the Parisian ceiling. The art is above you and the light is reflected through all of those pieces to create art on the surrounding white walls. You’ll feel transported to another world.

Chihuly at Biltmore
Chihuly at Biltmore

I kept staring at the chandelier pieces in the room next to the one with the Parisian ceiling trying to figure out how Chihuly put them together and created the nuances in color in the glass. I can’t even wrap my head around it.

The next gallery features a garden of glass flowers that looks like it is floating on water. It’s called the Millie Fiori, thousand flowers, and I advise just taking your time in here, walking around the piece and looking at every detail. Chihuly was inspired by his mother’s garden and this specific composition was designed and created specifically for the Biltmore.

Chihuly at Biltmore
Chihuly at Biltmore

The last gallery is a neon glass gallery that was inspired by tumbleweeds. It’s so unexpected because it’s not as colorful as his other pieces yet somehow flows well in the entire exhibit. The pieces are anchored in sycamore trees.

By the time we exited the gallery, I think my head was spinning (in a good way). I love art and especially glass blowing but Chihuly at Biltmore was a whole other level. His art almost cleared my head and became therapeutic because all I could consider was the beauty and awe of it. I’m grateful for the partnership the Biltmore and Dale Chihuly forged in order to bring the exhibit here. I wish I could afford even a small piece of Chihuly’s art, which you can absolutely buy in the gift shop if you’ve got the funds!

One thing to mention if you plan to bring your kids is that Chihuly designs his pieces to be see up close and enjoyed by all, which means there are no barriers around any of his art. So, parents, watch your kids closely.

Your entry ticket or annual pass does not include entry to Chihuly at Biltmore. Ticket prices are:

  • March 25–May 23, 2024: Starting at $125
  • May 24–November 1, 2024: Starting at $115
  • November 2, 2024–January 5, 2025: Starting at $145
  • $30/adult and $15/kids for pass holders

The entire exhibit is wheelchair and stroller-accessible. Plan to spend about an hour inside the exhibit galleries.

Need-to-Know Tips for Visiting Biltmore Estate

Plan to spend the day

There is plenty to see (or cut short if need be), but it would be awful to feel rushed. Many of the kid attractions close at 5 pm.

Getting around can take some time

You can drive to the Biltmore House and park in one of the several lots. Lot A is about an eight-minute walk to the house while the other lots are further away. There are shuttles to take you to the house and to Antler Hill Village. You can also take shuttles – which come about every 20 minutes – from the house to Antler Hill Village.

The Deerpark Trail from Antler Hill to the house is around three miles. You can also drive to Antler Hill and walk to the house or take the shuttle. There is a parking lot near the lagoon and trail as well if you want to park there and walk the 1.5 miles to Antler Hill or up the hill to the house and come out on the side near the gardens.

Free things to do at Biltmore

While you need a ticket to get into the Biltmore, there are lots of free things to do once there: bring your bikes and bike the trails, take a walk amongst the gardens and sunflowers, visit the Conservatory, visit the Farmyard, play on the Pisgah Playground, do a wine tasting, make a craft at the Antler Hill Barn.

Buy Biltmore tickets online

Less lines mean happy kids. (Kids 16 and under are free during the summer. The rest of the year, kids 9 and younger are free.) Ticket prices start at $95 and vary depending on season. Read on to learn about the annual pass and saving money.

Bring your stroller/backpack

Strollers and backpack carriers are welcome. You will want to stick with a carrier in the house as some of the areas are difficult to navigate with a stroller.

As part of the Biltmore bag policy no backpacks are allowed on any guided tour.

Wear your walking shoes

Put everyone in comfy walking shoes and put on sunscreen as exploring the grounds is one of the best parts of the trip.

Think about getting an annual pass

An annual pass is usually $249/person and kids ages 16 and younger get in free with a passholder. They usually offer discounts on their annual pass in November (that’s when I got mine for a lot less than $249). Stay tuned to their social media and website to score a deal.

Passholder benefits are awesome, too – discounts on tickets for guests, discounts on tours, shopping, dining, and lodging, and discounts at other attractions like Chimney Rock State Park, Dollywood, Tweetsie Railroad, Mast General Store, and Grandfather Mountain.

Biltmore event

Need more info? Visit the Biltmore Estate website.

Have you taken your kids to visit the Biltmore Estate yet?

One Lodge Street
Asheville, NC 28803
800.411.3812
The Biltmore Website

Be Amazed at Stingrays, Sea Turtles, & Bald Eagle at the South Carolina Aquarium: Charleston, SC

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Thinking about making a trip to Charleston, SC to visit the South Carolina Aquarium? We were able to experience all the SC Aquarium has to offer and we’re ready to share it with you! If you’re looking for South Carolina Aquarium reviews or information on how to plan your visit, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve got all the info you need to plan your trip and have a blast with your family at the aquarium.

A visit to the aquarium is a fabulous day trip or an awesome part of an educational trip to Charleston.

Thank you to the South Carolina Aquarium for providing media tickets for our review. All opinions are genuine and those of our team member. 

SC Aquarium
Scenes from the South Carolina Aquarium

About the South Carolina Aquarium

In 2019, the SC Aquarium was one of ten recipients of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the highest honor for an aquarium to receive. They received it “not for having a massive living collection of exotic species from around the world, but for keeping its collection’s focus local.” This focus is entirely evident as soon as you step foot into the Aquarium.

If someone asked me what the focus of the Aquarium is, I’d tell them conservation and education. It is easy to see how dedicated this nonprofit is to educating the public on the local species right there in Charleston and throughout the state as well as ways to conserve the beautiful animals you’ll see.

Bald eagle at the SC Aquarium
Bald eagle at the SC Aquarium

My favorite parts of the Aquarium were the two interactive talks given by the volunteers and staff at the Aquarium, which I’ll tell you about shortly. When you visit the beautiful Aquarium, you will no doubt walk away with a greater appreciation for the different climates and environments of South Carolina as well as the incredible work being done by the Aquarium in areas of conservation and the treatment and rehabilitation of sea turtles.

The Exhibits at the SC Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium is the perfect sized-aquarium for really getting to understand the different exhibits and spending time learning about sharks, stingrays, sea turtles, river otters, and even the resident bald eagle, Liberty. My daughters and I took our time going through the exhibits and attending the two educational talks and in total, spent about two hours there. We probably could have stayed longer if we had a snack at the Sea Turtle Snack Bar or fed the stingrays!

Spoonbill at the SC Aquarium
Spoonbill at the SC Aquarium

There are two public floors to the aquarium: the first floor houses the sea turtle hospital, the stingray touch tank, the gorgeous balcony overlooking the USS Yorktown and the Ravenel Bridge, and the bottom level of the Great Ocean Tank. The upper level has the kids play area, the salt marsh exhibit, the jelly fish, the mountains to Piedmont exhibits, and the upper viewing area of the giant tank.

There are many hands-on exhibits all throughout the Aquarium, which really any kid will find entertaining and fun. When you enter the Aquarium, you can scan the QR code located at the visitor stand or if you would prefer to print out a copy for your visit, here is a map of the South Carolina Aquarium Exhibits.

The Educational Programs at the SC Aquarium

At the advice of the Aquarium’s public relations staff member, we timed our visit so we could see the Dive Into the G.O.T and Turtle Talk programs.

The Dive Into the G.O.T. was phenomenal! The G.O.T. stands for the Great Ocean Tank, which holds more than 350,000 gallons of water and is 42 feet deep. There is a diver inside the tank who does a question-and-answer session with an Aquarium staff member and then takes questions from the audience.

Diver at the SC Aquarium
Diver at the SC Aquarium

We learned all kinds of cool things about how the volunteers and staff feed the animals in the tank, how they clean the tank, and ways to practice conservation on our own. The Turtle Talk was also amazing. The sea turtle care center is really neat and an active place where the sea turtles are taken when they are stranded or injured. Many are cared for and rehabilitated and then released back into the wild.

Sea turtle hospital at the SC Aquarium
Sea turtle hospital at the SC Aquarium

There are also animal encounters throughout the day. We saw a couple of volunteers and staff offering guests the opportunity to pet a snake. My kids passed on that one unfortunately.

The staff we met were all so, so kind and helpful. They all seemed to really love their jobs and were happy to be working at the Aquarium. The passion they had for the animals and education about them was easy to see.

Also, to add on some more educational fun to your visit, consider doing one of these onsite activities at the Aquarium, which include scavenger hunts, discovery bins, and deeper dives into the exhibits that are grade-level appropriate – looking at you, homeschoolers.

Interacting with the Stingrays

I personally think stingrays are pretty cool and just beautiful to watch, although I’m terrified of accidentally stepping on one while wading on the shore. Yet, seeing them up close and learning about them is fascinating. All of the times I’ve ever seen them in touch tanks and aquariums, they have been very playful and fun.

Stingrays at the SC Aquarium
Stingrays at the SC Aquarium

The ones at the SC Aquarium are no different. They have a huge tank to swim and play that overlooks the Charleston Harbor and it’s just gorgeous. The stingrays will come right up to the edge of the tank like puppies and basically beg for pets. It’s really adorable. They are a little slimy but once I got over that, I was all about it.

You can feed the ocean puppies for $5. I didn’t do that but I saw others who did and they looked like they were really enjoying the experience.

Trading Post at the SC Aquarium

I was really excited to see that the Aquarium has something called “The Trading Post”. If you’re familiar with the Nature Exchange at all at the Roper Mountain Science Center, this is a similar concept. You can bring in up to two natural items found in nature and earn points, which are redeemable for other cool things that the Aquarium has like shark teeth and pretty shells.

There are a few items that the Trading Post will not accept. This includes bird items (nest, egg, feathers), live animals, sea turtle bones, or anything else from an endangered species. 

A great opportunity to find shells and fossils can be found with the Sandlapper Water Tours that launch right around the corner at the maritime center. You can go on a morning eco-tour and then head to the aquarium. 

The trading post at the SC Aquarium

Visiting the South Carolina Aquarium

The Aquarium is located just minutes from downtown Charleston and right next to one of the places you can take a boat tour to Fort Sumter. The view from the deck is worth the experience alone!

You can purchase tickets in advance using the Aquarium’s dynamic ticketing system. Admission is determined by day of the week, school calendars, local events, weather, and holidays. You can see what the prices are for different days and purchase up to 60 days in advance.

There is an on-site gift shop as well as a snack bar, which is open 11 am – 3 pm daily. Parking is easy at the nearby Aquarium parking garage, which is $2/hour.

The Aquarium is open daily 9 am – last ticket sold at 3:30 pm and the building closes at 5 pm
Closed Thanksgiving Day & Christmas Day, closes at 1 pm on Christmas Eve.

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston
843.577.FISH (3474)

15 Day Trips with Teens Near Greenville, SC

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Are you looking for a fun day trip for teenagers? Need a way to spend a day with your teen near Upstate, SC? These are a great way to spend some quality time exploring together or just having fun. Here’s our list of the 15 best day trips for teens & tweens near Greenville!

Activities for Teens Near Me: Greenville, SC

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Here are the Best Daddy/Daughter Dates in the Upstate

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Hey dads! If you’re looking for great daddy-daughter events in Greenville, SC and the Upstate, we’ve got the list here. Most of these ideas are seasonal and happen around Valentine’s Day.

Daddy Daughter dates nights for 2024 near Greenville, South Carolina

Valentine’s Day is approaching, which means mom and dad have a good chance to get away on their own, but it’s also a great reminder of the importance of dads and daughters having a special time together.  Here are a few ideas for dads and daughters to hang out—no matter how old the daughters are.

(2024 dates are still being added so check back in a couple of weeks!)

For other times of the year, our list of 20 Parent/Kid Dates is full of a ton of ideas that are perfect for any season, budget, or family situation.

Upstate Daddy Daughter Events: Greenville, SC

Most daughters love spending time with their dads, and an activity together is a great way to do so. These are some local events for dads and their precious girls:

Daddy-Daughter Dance

Friday, February 2, 2024 from 6-8 pm

Head to the elegant Grand Holland Estate in Simpsonville for an evening of dancing and dinner. Tickets are $25/person and the event is geared for ages 3-13.

Grand Holland Estate
815 Holland Road, Simpsonville

Father/Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 2nd, 2024

The Annual Father/Daughter Date Night at Color Clay Cafe includes pottery painting, chocolate fondue, and beverages. RSVPs are required, and you can call the studio during business hours to reserve a table. The cost is a $12 studio fee that covers dad and daughter, and additional daughters are $3 plus the cost of their pottery.

Color Clay Cafe
2518 E. North Street, Greenville

Daddy Daughter Date Night at Tip Top Cake Shop

Saturday, February 3, 2024 at 5 pm

Dads can bring their daughters to Tip Top Cake Shop in Easley for a night of sweet treats and fun. Tickets are $45/each dad/daughter and $10/each additional daughters. All ages are welcome.

Tip Top Cake Shop
601 Williams Avenue, Easley
864.850.2807

Ties & Tiaras Sweetheart Dance

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-9 pm

The Sweetheart Dance promises to be a night of fun and memories for dads and their daughters (ages 5+). The event will have lots of food, music, and dancing. Tickets are $60/couple and $30/each additional child.

Cleveland Park Event Center
141 N Cleveland Park Drive, Spartanburg

Simpsonville Daddy Daughter Date Night Dance [SOLD OUT]

Friday, February 9, 2024 from 6:30-8:30 pm

Great opportunity for dads to have a special night with their daughter(s), enjoy dinner, and have fun. Children ages 3-13 are admitted. Tickets are $20 per person and must be purchased in advance at the Simpsonville Activity & Senior Center. Tickets cannot be purchased online or via phone and will not be sold at the door. If you have any questions, please email Special Events Coordinator Lisa Everidge at leveridge@simpsonville.com

Simpsonville Activity Center
310 West Curtis Street, Simpsonville

Daddy-Daughter Date Day at Steam Coffee & Cream

February 9, 2024, at 6 and 7 pm and February 10, 2024, at 2 and 3 pm

Dads and Daughters can enjoy a special meal, beverage, and dessert along with activities at Steam Coffee & Cream. Reservations are required, and times can be reserved for an hour at the times above via this link. The cost is $30 for Dad/Daughter together and $10 for an additional daughter.

Steam Coffee & Cream
113 South Main Street, Fountain Inn

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 9, 2024, and Friday, February 23, 2024, from 6-7:30 pm; $3/person plus the cost of pottery.

9th Annual Valentine’s Daddy-Daughter Date Night at Hearts of Clay with chocolate, candies, cookies soft drinks, and water. Call to reserve your seat.

Hearts of Clay
660 Spartan Boulevard, Suite 20, Spartanburg

Daddies, Daughters, and Donuts

Saturday, February 10, 2024 from 9-10 am

Join Once Upon a Dream Parties and Aiel, Rapunzel, and Aurora to celebrate the love between you and your daughter(s). The cost is $15/child and includes one adult. Please RSVP to attend by calling 864-421-2472.

Once Upon a Dream Parties
Greenville, SC

Daddy Daughter Dance

February 10, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This event in Fountain Inn will be held at the Fountain Inn Activity Center. The event will include dinner, dancing, a photo station, and more. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $25/person and include dinner and a photo and must be purchased in advance.

Fountain Inn Activity Center
600 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn

Swan Lake Children’s Ball

Saturday, February 10, 2024 at 6 pm

Join the International Ballet for the inaugural Swan Lake Children’s Ball, an evening dedicated to parents and their children that includes a DJ, raffles for prizes, hors d’oeuvres, and dancing. Tickets are $30/person.

Greenville Country Club
239 Byrd Boulevard. Greenville

Daddy-Daughter Dance & Play Date

Sunday, February 11, 2024, from 3-5 pm

This dad-daughter dance and play date is happening at Palmetto Proper in Travelers Rest. Tickets include a play pass, a catered meal, and photo opportunities. Tickets are $30/child and $10/adult.

Palmetto Proper
164 S Main Street, Suite B, Travelers Rest

Chic-Fil-A Taylors Daddy Daughter Date Night

Monday, February 12th, 2024 and Tuesday, February 13th, 2024 from 5 pm – 8 pm
*Night 1 for 2024 is sold out.

Dad-daughter date night at Chic-FIl-A in Taylors. The first night sold out quickly so reserve your spot soon. $15/person

2801 Wade Hampton Blvd, Suite C, Taylors

Light Up the Night Daddy Daughter Glow Dance

Saturday, February 17, 2024, from 6-8 pm

This fun event will be at the Lyman Event Center, 59 Groce Road, Lyman and guests are encouraged to wear white or neon to light up the night. Tickets are $40 per couple and $15 for each additional child. To purchase tickets, go to Lyman Town Hall at 81 Groce Road. The dance is open for all ages. Call 864.439.3453 for more info. Tickets include dinner, music, and dancing.

Lyman Event Center
59 Groce Road, Lyman

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Friday, February 23, 2024 at Pickens Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm
Friday, March 1, 2024 at Powdersville Branch YMCA from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Tickets are $25/member and $25/non-member

Sponsored by the YMCA of Easley, Pickens, and Powdersville, this event includes desserts, photo opportunities, and lots of dancing!

Powdersville YMCA (February 23, 2024)
9115 SC-81, Piedmont; 864.625.2060
Pickens YMCA (March 1, 2024)
2223 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens

Dad-Daughter & Mother-Son Dance

Friday, February 23, 2024 from 7-10 pm

Tickets include photo opportunities, dancing, and cupcakes. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased online.

Nara Hall
311 Spartanburg Highway, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night: Barnyard Edition

Friday, March 1, 2024 from 6-8 pm

The Church at the Mill is hosting a dad-daughter date night barn yard with dancing, food, and activities for dads with daughters in 1st-5th grades. Tickets are $15/person.

The Church at the Mill
2589 Ballenger Road, Wellford

Daddy Daughter Date Night

Thursday, April 11, 2024 at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm

Chic-Fil-A in Greer is hosting a Daddy-Daughter date night that is reservation only. There will be two seatings: one at 5:30 pm and 6:45 pm. Call for reservations: 864.848.5222.

Chic-Fil-A Greer
1379 W Wade Hampton Blvd, Greer


Family Date Nights

If you’re hoping to include the whole family or have a special mother-daughter or mother-son date, consider the following events.

Someone Special Dinner at Fork & Plough

February 13, 2024

Join Fork & Plough for a special dinner with your child. There will be a special kid-friendly menu alongside the restaurant’s normal menu. You can make reservations on the restaurant’s website.

Fork and Plough
1629 East North Street, Greenville
 864.609.4249

Family Date Night at Abbott’s Custard

Monday, February 12, 2024 at 6 & 6:45 pm

Prepaid reservations are required at all times. Adult tickets (ages 12+ are $15.50) include two slices of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a sundae from our menu, or a create-your-own sundae with one sauce, one topping, whipped cream, and cherry, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Child tickets (ages 1-11, $11.50) include one slice of pizza from Merrell’s Pizza, a kiddie scoop of custard with your choice of 1 topping, and your choice of a soft drink or bottled water. Children who do not need a seat or are not eating do not need a ticket. Tickets are not sold in the shop or by phone and are only available online.

Abbott’s Frozen Custard
119 E Poinsett Street, Greer


Other Activities for Daddy-Daughter Date Night: Greenville, SC

Theatre

If you’re looking for a fancy outing with a younger daughter, you might enjoy a SC Children’s Theatre performance of Pinkalicious: The Musical. And our Things to do with Teens in Greenville guide may help if you have a teen daughter.

Fun Playtime Together

Of course, the old standbys such as mini golf, bowling, and hiking can provide a lot of fun memories. Consider asking your daughter to pick an activity—she will likely have a great idea.

Dinner Date

Check out our Kids Eat Free options for a treat.  If you’re looking for restaurants that are a little more upscale but still have kid-friendly fare, Southern Culture, and Tupelo Honey offer southern food that even picky eaters will enjoy. And Grill Marks’ combo of hamburgers and milkshakes is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

No matter what activity or dinner option you choose, you can create a priceless memory with your daughter by asking to spend time with her. It’s a tradition that can happen far more often than just around Valentine’s Day each year.

Do you know of a great Daddy Daughter Date idea that we should add to our list?

This article was originally written By Robert Neely and has been heavily updated by the Kidding Around Team.

 

Restaurant Week Is A Great Opportunity To Try A New Spot In Greenville, SC

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Are you ready for the first Restaurant Week in Greenville, SC of 2024? There will never be a better time to support your Greenville restaurants than right now! The whole state of South Carolina will holds its annual Restaurant Week in January, and Greenville also holds a mini-Restaurant Week in August. The South Carolina Restaurant Week provides diners with the perfect opportunity to support locals and try something new.

The 2024 restaurant week lineup includes over two dozen restaurants in Greenville for you to try between January 11-21, 2024.

That’s a lot to choose from, so we will pick a few Upstate favorites and explain how to best take advantage of this special week for lovers of local restaurants.

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13+ Places to Ski & Snow Tube: North Carolina & Beyond

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Looking to hit the slopes this winter? Head north for skiing and snow tubing in North Carolina. You’ll find many great ski and snow tube options including huge North Carolina ski resorts and super family-friendly North Carolina snow tubing parks. Of course, there are some great spots throughout the mountains for skiing and snow tubing in Tennessee and Georiga, too. Use our guide to find the best snow tubing near you, or a great ski slope closest to you. We’ve visited lots of these ski and snow tube places and you’ll find our reviews linked in each listing.



Best snow tubing, skiing, and tubing near Greenville, South Carolina

Snow Tubing in South Carolina

Are there places to go snow tubing in South Carolina?
Are there any South Carolina ski resorts?
Where are the ski slopes near me?

The short answer is “No.” If you want to ski, snow tube, or snowboard you’ll need to head out of South Carolina. But, the good news is that there is most definitely skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing very near South Carolina. You’ll just need to head up to North Carolina for most of it.

There are some great spots just an hour or two from Upstate, SC, and two to three hours from the Midlands, SC.

Snow tubing at Black Bear in Hendersonville, NC
Blackbear Snow Tubing

Snow Tubing North Carolina

Check out this video of our trip to Blackbear Snow Tubing.


Quick Guide: Ski and Snow Tube Near You!

Here’s a quick list of locations by activity.
Scroll down for a description of each park and resort!
*Tubing Only Parks

Best Snow Tubing in North Carolina

Where to go Snow Tubing in Tennessee

Best Skiing in North Carolina

Where to go Snowboarding in NC


Ski Resort & Tube Park Map

And we made a map!

Some resorts have closings when the weather gets too warm. Be sure you check the resort website before planning your trip.


Moonshine Mountain Tubing in Western North Carolina
Our visit to Moonshine Mountain

Ski, Snowboard, and Snow Tube: North Carolina

Western North Carolina Ski Slopes and Best Snow Tubing in NC

Looking for the closest ski slopes to Greenville, SC? The ski resorts and slopes in Western North Carolina are nearest to Greenville, SC. You’ll find several options in the Asheville, Hendersonville, and Sapphire Valley areas. Here are the nearest ski slopes to Upstate, SC.

Hatley Pointe Resort

Hatley Pointe, formerly Wolf Ridge Snow Tubing Park and Ski Resort, in Mars Hill, NC brands itself as a boutique mountain resort with slopes, restaurants, and bars.

Hatley Pointe
578 Valley View Circle, Mars Hill, NC
828.689.4111

Moonshine Mountain

Moonshine Mountain in Hendersonville, NC was mentioned by several Kidding Around Greenville readers when we asked you where to go tubing. Located just over an hour from Greenville, this snow tubing-only park offers two hours of tubing for $40 per person. Be sure to check their current hours before making the trip. Minimum height is 36″.

Note: This is a cash-only business, with an ATM on site.

Read our Moonshine Mountain review for special tips on making the most of your time there. Target opening date is December 20, 2023.

Moonshine Mountain
5865 Willow Road, Hendersonville, NC
828.696.0333

Ski Sapphire Valley

Sapphire Valley, North Carolina was also mentioned as one reader’s go-to for fun in the snow. Sapphire Valley offers ski school, Frozen Falls Tube Park, The Vordach Zipline Experience, and, of course, snow skiing. Plus Sapphire Valley is under two hours from Greenville so it makes for an easy day trip. There are no height or weight restrictions.

They open on December 16th, 2023. Read our Sapphire Valley review here.

Sapphire Valley
127 Cherokee Trail, Sapphire Valley, NC
828.743.7663

Snow tubing at Sapphire Valley in Western North Carolina
Our snow tubing trip to Sapphire Valley

Zip n Slip

Located just outside Asheville in Mars Hill, NC, Zip-n-Slip is open daily during mid-December-mid-January and then weekends through early March. They’ve got a fire pit, hot chocolate, nachos, and hot dogs on -site.

Read our full review of tubing at Zip ‘N Slip!

Prices start at $30/pp for an hour (it’s $22.50 for military, police, fire, and EMS persons) and go up to $45/pp for two hours. Unlike other snow tubing places, Zip-n-Slip allows kids ages 3-5 to ride in the same tube as an adult. Kids must be at least 3 years old for tubing. Kids 5 and under are free. The target open date is December 15th, 2023, and you can easily book your ticket online.

Check their website or Facebook page for the latest info on weather and hours.

Zip n Slip
10725 US Highway 23 North, Mars Hill, NC
828.689.8444

Zip 'N Slip Snow Tubing Park
Tubing at Zip ‘N Slip

Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center

About two hours from the Upstate, the Scaly Mountain Outdoor Center has snow tubing all winter long for $35-40 per person for two hours for adults and kids. Snow tubing is open as of November 30, 2023.

Kids must be at least 4 years old and 42 inches tall to ride. Scaly Mountain has a kiddie snow tube area for two hours for $20. Scaly Mountain is near Highlands, NC and they also have ice skating available. A combo two-hour tubing ticket plus one hour of ice skating is $50/person. Snow tubing is open now.

Scaly Mountain
7420 Dillard Road, Scaly Mountain, NC
828.526.3737

Cataloochee Ski and Tube World

Cataloochee Ski Area and Tube World in Maggie Valley, NC is another reader favorite.  Also offering tubing, ski school, and skiing, this is a great option for families who don’t want to drive that far. Kids must be 42″ tall to snow tube. They do offer an area where kids under that height can pay to play with tubes but not go down the slopes.

Tubing costs $35/person on weekdays and $40/person on weekends.

Cataloochee
1080 Ski Lodge Road, Maggie Valley, NC
828.926.0285

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing is also a two-hour drive from Greenville and offers snow tubing that even the little ones will love. This snow tubing destination has staff photographers to capture action shots of your family so you can remember your fun day long after it’s over. They open on December 18th, 2023, and require reservations.

Rates are $30/ages 7+ and $20/age 6 and under for an hour of tubing or $45/person and $30/age 6 and under for two hours of tubing. Kids must be able to sit up on their own to go down in a tube. No lap riding.

Jonas Ridge Snow Tubing
9472 Highway 181, Jonas Ridge, NC
828.733.4155

Black Bear Snow Tubing

Black Bear Snow Tubing in Hendersonville is pretty close to home and a lot of fun. Check out our Black Bear Tubing review for all the details. Tickets are $40 per 2 hours of tubing or $30 for one hour. Children under 4 or under 40 lbs are not permitted to tube and kids ages 4-6 must be accompanied by an adult but every tuber gets their own tubes, even kids. They accept cash and credit cards and, to save time, sign your waiver online.

Sliding down in a tube at Black Bear Tubing

Check out our Kidding Around review of Black Bear Tubing for all the information.

Hours vary so check their Facebook page or website before you go. You can reserve tickets online (which we recommend).

Black Bear Snow Tubing
373 Kerr Road, Hendersonville, NC
828.685.1155

Crowders Ridge Camp

Hear us out: this place has snowless snow tubing at their camp, which they call Chutes. It looks really fun and is only an hour and 20 minutes from Greenville. They have four lanes, which are 225 feet long and you can go pretty fast, up to 15 mph. You need to make reservations in advance, which you can do through their website. The tubing is all outdoors so dress accordingly.

Each ticket includes 3 hours of tubing time and proceeds support the camp. There is no official age limit but they suggest kids need to be at least five years old (younger kids can tube at the discretion of their parents). Tickets are $25/person. Hours are Friday & Saturday nights with slots at 5:30, 6:30, and 7:30 pm.

Crowders Camp Chutes
4914 Linwood Road, Kings Mountain NC

Skiing and Snow Tubing in North Carolina High Country

Looking for a great ski resort in North Carolina? Head to the North Carolina High Country where you’ll find a variety of resorts offering all kinds of winter fun. You will have no trouble finding someplace great to ski, tube or even ice skate. If you’re ambitious, you could even hit more than one ski resort in a single weekend.

Appalachian Ski Mountain

Appalachian Ski Mountain is located just outside downtown Blowing Rock and offers a little bit of everything. Not only can you ski or snowboard, but you can also ice skate too! They are open for the 2022-23 season now and reservations are required.

Appalachian Ski offers three different ski school options for kids. Choose either Ski Wee for kids as young as 4 or Cruiser Camp for kids 7 – 12 who want to give snowboarding a try. Both of these camps offer 2 and 4-hour sessions. The newest program, Mountain Challengers, is for kids who are a bit more experienced and want to try intermediate terrain.

While App Ski Mountain has a rustic lodge with dining and shopping inside, there is no inn so you’ll have to head down the mountain after your day on the slopes is over. The slopes end very close to the ski school area so parents can check in on kids at ski school every so often. 

Read a mom review of Appalachian Ski Mountain here.

Appalachian Ski Mountain
940 Ski Mountain Road, Blowing Rock, NC
828.295.7828

Hawksnest Snow Tubing

Hawksnest Snow Tubing is 2.5 hours from Greenville and worth the drive.  There is no hiking up the slopes here as they have magic carpets that allow you to save your energy for the tubing. The opening date is December 1, 2023.

Hawksnest is the largest snow tubing park in the east with 30 lanes of fun. You can make online reservations here and they are open now. Tubers must be at least three years old and tickets are $35/person on weekdays and $40-47/person on weekends and holidays for an hour and 45 minutes of tubing.

Hawksnest Tubing Park
2058 Skyland Drive, Seven Devils, NC
828.963.6561

Sugar Mountain

With 20 slopes and trails, plus four tubing runs many think of Sugar Mountain first when planning a ski trip close to home. Sugar Mountain also offers multiple lodging options, some slope side, so you don’t have to pack up the car when you’re done skiing for the day.

Tickets are $34-50 per person during weekdays and weekends are $34-84 per person. Ages three and four are free with a ticketed adult. Sessions are an hour and 45 minutes long. Kids must be ages 3 and up to tube. Tickets are sold first come first serve and will likely sell out.

They also offer half or full-day ski or snowboard school for kids as young as five years old. Kidding Around Greenville reader Kim warned that holiday weekends can get pretty crowded so be prepared if you’re planning a trip to Sugar over Presidents’ Day Weekend this year. They are currently open.

Sugar Mountain Resort is just 10 minutes from Banner Elk, NC.

Sugar Mountain Resort
1009 Sugar Mountain Drive, Sugar Mountain, NC
800.SUGAR.MT

Beech Mountain

Just up the road from Sugar Mountain is Beech Mountain Resort, the highest ski resort in the Eastern United States. Beech Mountain Resort offers skiing, snowboarding, a terrain park, tubing, and ice skating.

Little ones as young as 3 can get in on ski school at Beech so the whole family can ski! Ski school students are placed into groups based on age and skill levels. Like Sugar, Beech Mountain offers multiple lodging options if you prefer to ski right out the door and onto the slopes.

Tubing guests must be at least 42″ tall and tickets are $34/weekdays and $42/weekends and holidays. Tickets are sold the day of starting at 9 am on a first come first serve basis.

There is also a free sledding hill right in the center of town. You can’t miss it as it’s on the main road that goes through the small town.

Beech Mountain Resort
1007 Beech Mountain Parkway, Beech Mountain, NC
828.387.2011


Snow Tubing Slopes in North Georgia

Lanier Islands

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands in Georgia has fast and high runs on Parrot Mountain for snow tubing. The slide is eight stories high and 575 feet long. The minimum height for snow tubing is 42″ inches tall and one person per tube is allowed.

Tickets are sold to the entire “License to Chill” area which includes snow tubing, ice skating, the snow play area, and amusement rides. They offer day and winter passes. There are also discounts when purchasing online.

Margaritaville at Lanier Islands
7650 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford, Georgia 
470.323.3440


Snow Tubing in Tennessee

Rowdy Bear’s Smoky Mountain Snow Park
2155 Parkway, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
865.365.1883

Pigeon Forge Snow

This snow tubing place is open all year round because it’s indoors! This place has real snow for the tubing lanes plus a snow area where kids can build forts and snowmen. Plus, it’s always around 60-70 degrees inside so you aren’t freezing. Kids must be 38″ tall to tube. If not, you can buy them a ticket just to play in the snow.

Tickets start at $29.99 for an hour of snow tubing and at $36.99 for tubing plus 30 minutes of snow play. No reservations are needed.

Pigeon Forge Snow
2533 Teaster Lane, Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
865.366.1334

Indoor snow tubing at Pigeon Forge Snow
Pigeon Forge Snow

Ober Gatlinburg

 Ober is one of the oldest entertainment areas in Gatlinburg that gets mixed reviews. They have snow tubing, skiing, and snowboarding over the winter. Book online because they do sell out. Also note that parking is an extra fee. Kids need to be at least 3 years old to tube.

Tubing sessions are 90 minutes long and start at $35/person. Prices are higher on weekends.

Ober Gatlinburg
1001 Parkway Suite 2, Gatlinburg, Tennessee
865.436.5423


Ski Vacations on the East Coast

So, you’re looking for a serious ski vacation without having to book a flight? Snowshoe Mountain in West Virginia offers 251 acres of fun and a total of 57 trails! Snowshoe offers everything you’ll need for a fantastic ski vacation, all at the top of the mountain! 

This West Virginia hot spot offers a lot; everything from ski school to a tube park, snowmobiling, shopping, dining, entertainment, lots of lodging options, and even an inn and spa. Snowshoe offers some pretty great package deals on skiing.

Snowshoe Mountain
10 Snowshoe Drive, Snowshoe, WV
877.441.4386

Did your favorite place to snow ski or tube make our list? If not we’d love for you to fill us in!

Fly High at These Awesome Trampoline Parks in Greenville

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Are you looking for a fun activity for the whole family in or near Greenville? Check out one of the trampoline parks Greenville, SC has! Below you will learn all about the various trampoline parks in Greenville with prices and other information parents need to know.

Trampoline Parks near Greenville, South Carolina
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15+ Foolproof Gifts for Teachers: Plus Dos and Don’ts Tips

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Looking for gifts for teachers in your life? It can be tricky trying to find school teacher and preschool teacher gifts that they will love that are within your budget – especially when you are buying for multiple teachers! Whether you’re looking for a holiday gift, something for teacher appreciation week, or an end-of-the-school-year celebration gift, our readers came through with some thoughtful gifts and great ideas.

What gifts do teachers want?

Want to Buy Your Child’s Teacher an Awesome Gift and Skip the Reading? Choose one of these gifts!

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